St. Vincent nurses approve contract with Mercy Health

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The long fight is over after nurses at St. Vincent voted to approve a UAW negotiated contract with Mercy Health Tuesday.

Local 2213 made the announcement shortly before 10 p.m., saying the nurses had ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the hospital.

The union touted an end to requiring nurses to work on-site for more than 16 hours, and a minimum of eight hours before they can be called back to the hospital after working more than 16 hours.

The press release says Mercy Health "agreed to language about responding timely to Safe Care reports of nurses."

The nurses first went on strike May 6. After several weeks of standard picket line protests outside the hospital, the labor strike began to take odd turns.

The technical and support staff agreed to a deal with the hospital in early June, thereby leaving the strike.

A tentative agreement between Mercy Health and UAW was reached a few weeks later, and the union sent the nurses back to work.

But the rank-and-file nurses ended up rejecting that deal on June 18, sending negotiators back to hash out another the current one approved Tuesday.